15 Best Watermelon Recipes 

Who doesn’t appreciate seasonal fruits like Watermelon? Everyone is a fan of refreshing Watermelon, as it’s the best way to heat during the scorching summer days, and it keeps you hydrated. 

Besides eating Watermelon by themselves and spitting out seeds, there are so many creative recipes made with Watermelon. From savory salads and cocktails to popsicles and lemonade, you can use Watermelon in many ways. 

I’ve even mentioned one of the unique Watermelon BBQ sauces– a complete delicacy that you have never tried. Plus, all the recipes mentioned in this list are kid-friendly and budget-saving. 

So be ready to smash the heat with these 15 watermelon recipes that you can make using staple ingredients. I’m sure your kids will be asking for seconds with every refreshing bite!


This watermelon salad is my favorite because its every bite is full of freshness and flavor. It features Watermelon, cucumber, and crumbled feta, all seasoned with mint-lime dressing.

Almost all the ingredients in this salad are brushed with refreshing nodes, making this salad a solid bet for summer days. 

  • Calories: 135 kcal 
  • Carbohydrates: 10g 
  • Protein: 3g 
  • Fat: 10g 
  • Saturated Fat: 3g


Here comes a unique Watermelon BBQ sauce that I’m sure you have never tried before. This sauce perfectly compliments the heat of savory BBQs. You can use it with chicken, pork, and beef. 

The sauce uses simple ingredients like balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, and more. But you can use a dash of red chili flakes to make it more zesty.

  • Calories: 108 kcal 
  • Carbohydrates: 11g 
  • Protein: 1g 
  • Fat: 7g 
  • Saturated Fat: 1g


If you’re hosting a party and looking for budget-friendly and delicious food to feed an entire crowd, check out this water Salsa. This no-fuss recipe requires minimal ingredients, and it comes out under 10 to 15 minutes. 

This Watermelon salsa is also the best side dish to serve with savory BBQs or any other spicy side dish. 


Say hello to these heat-killer popsicles, one the heavenly treat during the summer days. These watermelon popsicles are so tasty and made with zesty lime juice that it makes them more refreshing. 

The best and most budget-friendly option for serving large crowds, and also perfect for your kids. 

  • Calories: 44
  • Total Fat: 0.1g
  • Protein: 0.5g
  • Total Carbohydrate: 11g


This watermelon salad features refreshing Watermelon, cucumbers, feta cheese, and fresh mint leaves, all seasoned with lime juice-based dressing. 

To make it sweeter and more delicious, add some strawberries or blueberries. Or you can also add some green vegetables to make it healthier. 

  • Calories: 300
  • Total Fat: 21.5g
  • Protein: 9g
  • Total Carbohydrate: 21.5g

6- Easy Watermelon Salsa

When it comes to savory watermelon side dishes, this Watermelon salsa brings a burst of freshness and tanginess to any meal. It’s a kid’s favorite and perfect to use as a topping on fish tacos, noodles, and a bowl of rice. Or you can even serve it with tortilla chips for a more savory experience. 


Mocktails are a more refreshing option than watermelon salads. The lime juice and basil make it even more killing. You can easily make this mocktail in a large batch to serve the large crowd. 

This Watermelon Basil mocktail is one of the best ways to beat the heat during sunny days. Make sure to use the flavored sparkling water to add a hint of tart and fizz. 

  • Calories: 103
  • Total Fat: 0.2g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Total Carbohydrates: 27.6g


This Watermelon shooter is the best way to treat your party. An easy drink that features fresh Watermelon, rum, and peach schnapps. A deep fruity and subtle sweet taste makes these shots best for any BBQ party or birthday party. 

The Peach schnapps is a secret ingredient that makes this shot taste like peach candy and a bit like a watermelon sugar gummy candy. 

  • Calories: 22
  • Total Fat: 0g
  • Protein: 0.1g
  • Total Carbohydrates: 4g

9- Frosted Watermelon Lemonade

I love lemonades a lot, especially in summer. There’s nothing more refreshing than a cold glass of lemonade on a hot day. This Flavored watermelon lemonade is my all-time favorite, as it is prepared in under five minutes. 

You can top this lemonade with homemade lemon curd and lemon wedges. It’s a perfect alternative to traditional lemonade, offering a delightful twist that’s both refreshing and indulgent.

  • Calories: 365 kcal
  • Total Fat: 1g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Total Carbohydrates: 81g

10- Refreshing Strawberry Watermelon Rosé Sangria

This Strawberry Watermelon Rose Sangria is a perfect companion for those scorching hot days, and trust me, you’ll want to sip on this all summer long. 

This Strawberry Watermelon Rosé Sangria is a celebration of the season. It’s light, fruity, and perfectly balanced with the tartness of Watermelon and the floral notes of strawberries.

  • Calories: 148 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 12 g
  • Protein: 0.8 g
  • Fat: 0.2 g

11- Watermelon Smash

If you’re a vodka lover, this Watermelon Smash might just become your new favorite cocktail. Fresh Watermelon with mint and lime makes a perfect match, creating a refreshing and vibrant drink that’s ideal for summer gatherings or relaxing evenings.

  • Calories: 262 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 35 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Fat: 0.3 g

12- Watermelon Lemonade

Here comes another watermelon Lemonade made with only four ingredients: Watermelon, lemon juice, sugar, and cold water. And thankfully, you need only five minutes to whip up this drink. 

Unlike the other watermelon lemonades, this one doesn’t use vodka or rum, which is why it’s also a perfect option for your kids.  

  • Calories: 129 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 34 g
  • Calcium: 13 mg
  • Iron: 0.3 mg

13- Agua de Sandía 

Agua de Sandía is a wonderfully refreshing drink that captures the essence of summer with its bright flavors and vibrant colors. It’s a family favorite in my household, perfect for those warm days when you need a cool pick-me-up.

If you’re looking for a healthy option, rest assured that agua de sandía is hydrating and low in calories, packed with vitamins and minerals from the Watermelon.

  • Calories: 71 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 18g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Fat: 1g


Watermelon and ginger make a perfect combo! And this budget-friendly Watermelon and ginger cooler drink is just my next go-to refreshment. Made with only three ingredients, including Watermelon, root ginger, and lime juice. 

Feel free to garnish it with lime, rosemary, or basil. It’s a non-alcoholic drink perfect for both kids and adults. 

  • Calories: 77kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 19g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Fat: 1g

15- Crisp pickled Watermelon 

This crisp pickled Watermelon offers a refreshing crunch and can be customized with different spices like garlic or red pepper flakes for an extra kick.

Easy to make in just a few minutes using simple ingredients like apple cider vinegar, spices, and a touch of sugar, they’re perfect for snacking or adding a zesty twist to salads, sandwiches, and cheese boards.

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